• Palmetto Ridge High School is proud to offer multiple industry-level certification programs.


     What is NAF?
     NAF student application PRHS
     NAF flyer - parent information
    The Academy of Engineering answers an acute need for engineers in this country by educating high school students in the principles of engineering, and providing content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. Academies use curriculum from Project Lead The Way, Inc. (PLTW), The STEM Academy, or Paxton/Patterson. They also benefit from support provided by National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

    Course Structure:   Level  
    NAF Course
    First Year 8600550 - Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Honors Project Lead the Way
    Second Year 8600530 - Digital Electronics (DE) Honors Project Lead the Way
    8600520 - Principles of Engineering (POE)
    Third Year 8600520 - Principles of Engineering (POE) -or- Honors Project Lead the Way
    8600530 - Digital Electronics (DE)
    Rising Seniors 8601800 - Work Based Experience (Internship) 2  
    Fourth Year 8600650 - Aerospace Engineering (AE) -or- Honors Project Lead the Way
    8600630 - Biotechnical Engineering (BE) -or-
    8600590 - Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) -or-
    8600560 - Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) -or-
    8600650 - Engineering Design & Development (EDD)
    Taught by: Dixie Wyerman  WyermaDi@collierschools.com
    Non-NAF Academies include...
    Construction / Woodworking 
    This course includes instruction in activities such as the safe use of construction tools, machines, and equipment; basic carpentry; masonry; concrete; architectural plans; electrical wiring; plumbing; occupational information; consumer information; employability skills; leadership skills; and innovative materials and techniques. Students will participate in activities designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and basic skills related to designing, planning, and constructing a structure on a site.
    Taught by: Ed Wilson wilsoe4@collierschools.com
    Culinary Arts 
    This course covers the history of the food service industry and careers in that industry.  Also covered are state mandated guidelines for food service and how to attain food handler training certification; safety in the workplace; employability skills; leadership/teamwork skills; care and use of commercial culinary equipment; basic food science; basic nutrition; and following recipes in food preparation labs. 
    Taught by: Chef Richard Wilkey  wilker@collierschools.com 

    Child Care / Early Childhood Education
    This course covers the 40-hour competencies for the Department of Children and Families and general competencies for initial employment. Students will acquire competence in state rules and regulations; clean, safe and healthy learning environments; food service and nutrition education; child abuse and neglect; principles of child development; observation and recording; developmentally appropriate practices; including: methods of guidance; professionalism; communication; leadership and organizational skills; community resources; career opportunities and observation and recording methods.

    Upon completion of early childhood education 1, 2, and 3 the student has completed 450 hours of a 600-hour Child Development Associates credential (CDA) program. By entering the dual enrollment Early Childhood Education class at LWIT or ITC the student will be certified by the State of Florida with a CDA equivalency credential. There is a 40 hour minimum training requirement.

    Taught by: Mrs. Mary Brunner brunnema@collierschools.com